Howard Brooks, Former Vincent Gray Mayoral Campaign Aide, To Be Sentenced Wednesday

10:16 AM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A former campaign aide to DC Mayor Vincent Gray is set for a sentencing hearing on Wednesday afternoon. In a letter, he expressed regret for his actions and asked the court for leniency.

Howard Brooks pleaded guilty in May to lying to the FBI about payments he and others made to another mayoral candidate, Sulaimon Brown, during the 2010 campaign. 

In a memo, the prosecution says that Brooks told FBI agents that he never gave any money to "Candidate B" when he had actually given the candidate money orders worth more than $2,800. He also denied buying money orders from a 7-Eleven on two different dates. Even when shown five money orders made out to Candidate B, Brooks told agents that he didn't know about them, according to the prosecution. The prosecution said that Brooks had actually written on the money orders.

Additionally, Brooks had lied about donating $2,000 to a campaign.

Attached, see the sentencing memos from both the prosecution and defense as well as a letter Brooks wrote in court. 

In the letter, Brooks writes, "I take complete responsibility for my actions and want to take this opportunity to ask the Court for leniency." 

He adds, "I know full well that making false statement to investigators about what happened during the 2010 Mayoral campaign was a crime, stemming from a terrible lack of judgment and ignorance on my part. My actions cannot be rationalized by my instinctive desire to protect myself and my family from embarrassment. What I did was wrong, and I am truly sorry."

Brooks also says that he intends to lead a better life and "make amends." 

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